Only a couple of hours ago, Barcelona confirmed the departure of Ousmane Dembele to Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth a total of €50.4 million.
“FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé for 50.4 million euros,” the official statement from the club read.
However, minutes later, the Blaugrana amended the statement about the transfer, with the new update reading as follows:
“FC Barcelona and the player Ousmane Dembélé have been separated from their relationship by virtue of the player’s unilateral exercise of a right included in his employment contract.
“The Club, in strict compliance with the agreement, has not negotiated or agreed with third parties the terms of this disassociation.”
More drama in the Dembele saga?
Mundo Deportivo has now reported the reason behind the change of the statement from the club.
As per the report, Barcelona interpreted the private contract they had with Dembele to mean that they only had to pay part of the transfer to the player, who was contracted with the club, but not to his agent, whose work is external to the club.
As such, the La Liga champions agreed to pay €15 million of the €50.4 million transfer fee received from PSG to Dembele, while holding on to the remaining €35.4 million, leaving Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, with nothing.
This has seemingly not gone down too well with Sissoko, who is now seriously considering taking Barcelona to court over the matter.
Dembele’s agent does not agree with the Blaugrana’s interpretation of the contract and is contemplating the possibility of suing the club over the division of the transfer fees.
Despite the completion of the transfer, it appears that the Dembele saga might carry on for a little while longer.